How to Add that Subscribe Button & URL Link

Reblogger Kathy Sheehan
Mortgage and Lending with Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 NMLS #206275

Jerry has done a great job in giving us a step by step instruction guide in his post.  I think it is well worth re-blogging and bookmarking for future reference.

Original content by Jerry Newman TREC #0492321

How to Add that Subscribe Button & URL Link
I was inspired and encouraged to write this blog after reading a recent post by Pamela St. Peter from Raleigh, North Carolina. Pamela wrote Now Where Did I put those subscribers? She explained in her blog where to find all of your blog subscribers, but if you will notice she has a nice large Green “Subscribe to my Blog”button in her signature page.

Now newbies or even some not so new members may know about clicking on that “Subscribe” button on the right hand sidebar under all the Member’s Name and Photo, but what about all those “Subscribe Buttons” that we see in the Signature block of some member’s blogs?

Adding all those social media buttons wasn’t that difficult since I knew where to go get some “Cool Social Media Buttons”, and adding the “URL”(Uniform Resource Locator) was easy too, since I knew just to go to the web browser to copy and paste that link from all my social media sites. As always, I started asking other AR members how did they make their “Subscribe” button, and where did they get the “URL” link?

I was directed to one of our AR Ambassadors and Technology expert, Craig Daniels. Craig responded to my email and told me that the link was : Copy and paste this link below.

Members ID number

Every Active Rain Member has an agent ID number, and mine was 282400. Craig told me to go to the comment section on the left hand side, and click on it. Then look up at the url link in the browser. I followed his instructions and copied and pasted this link above that he sent me and added my ID number.  Then, I created the “Subscribe” button by using Cooltext images. You can get a FREE graphics generator for your web pages or blog pages from If you need hosting, there is a fee. But to create your buttons and download them for personal use is FREE.  Now you are ready to insert that "URL" link into the new Subscribe button that you just made. Click on the button, and insert that link. Easy as pie.

Adding the Subscribe Button

Now all you have to do is to go and add it into your signature block under blog settings. If you want to have a neat signature block for your blogs, I would recommend one of Craig Daniels Classroom Blogs. Craig had a 4 part series on adding your signatures to your blogs. Then you may want to check out Rebekah Radice's blog about “ How to Add Social Media Buttons to your Active Rain Signature.

Adding your very own  “Subscribe” button to all your blogs may get you a few more subscribers, or at least make it easier for those who want to follow you posts on a regular basis.

Jerry Newman, ABR®                                             
US Army Retired                                                         
Keller Williams Realty                                                                           
San Antonio, Texas
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Great tips on how to do some cool things.  Thanks for sharing.  The information was very helpful.

Oct 10, 2011 06:29 PM #1
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Well written tutorial. 

Logout and look at it as a consumer sees it on your ActiveRain blog.  Especially if you have an outside blog be aware that the button is going to make any reader have to become a member before subscribing.  The general public may or may not become a member to subscribe to what you have written but if you set up an ActiveRain Outside blog you can add Feedburner to allow non members (the general public) to subscribe to your content on your AR Outside Blog which brands you. 

If you as a lender are posting for members (real estate agents) primarily it makes sense to add the subscribe button but members can subscribe without a big honking button.  They always have, they always will even without a button if your content is good. 

Oct 11, 2011 09:25 AM #2
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Kathy, Thanks for the re-blog. I love Maureen McCabe's suggestion in comment #2, and I plan to work on adding that Feedburner later this week.

Oct 11, 2011 09:35 AM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Jerry you need to claim a domain so you are branding yourself on your Outside blog the url that shows up on your outside blog shows you have not completed that step.

Do you see the difference in these two links?  There is a 3rd URL, one that would brand Jerry / San Antonio real estate & military relocation.

On AR:

On your AR Outside blog...

I think you may be able to set up the Feedburner for the URL above but you really want it set up for a URL that brands your brand (location, real estate, homes, etc. )  You can register a domain and do it.  Or I believe  AR gives you one for free as part of  your RainMaker account... I did that once (my Worthington blog, an AR Outside Blog) but I would not do it again, I want to have control over the domain.  $12 or so a year at Go-Daddy or hundreds of other registrars.


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